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AP Biology. Chapter 4 http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4P2z2RQwWs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggNI76hF6HQ. Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life. Carbon: The backbone of Life? Wait, what? Isn’t it water? Well yes and no. Water is the universal medium for life

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Ap biology

AP Biology

Chapter 4http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4P2z2RQwWshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggNI76hF6HQ


Carbon and the molecular diversity of life

Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life

  • Carbon: The backbone of Life?

  • Wait, what? Isn’t it water?

  • Well yes and no.

  • Water is the universal medium for life

  • Most living organisms are made up of chemicals that are based on the element carbon


Carbon and the molecular diversity of life1

Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life

  • Carbon enters the biosphere through the action of plants

  • Plants use solar energy to transform atmospheric CO2 into the molecules of life

  • Molecules are then passed to animals that feed on plants


Carbon and diversity

Carbon and Diversity

  • Carbon is able to form molecules that are large, complex and diverse

  • It makes possible the diversity of organism that have evolved on earth


History of looking at carbon

History of looking at carbon

  • 1800’s: Theory of vitalism

  • A belief that a life force outside of the jurisdiction of physical and chemical laws

  • 1950’s: U.S. Stanley Miller. Theory of mechanism

  • The view that physical and chemical laws govern all natural phenomena including the processes of life.


History of looking at carbon1

History of looking at carbon

  • In order to prove that spontaneous life could occur, he did an experiment

  • Primordial soup idea went from speculation to empirical science!


History of looking at carbon2

History of looking at carbon

  • Methane, ammonia, and hydrogen and subjected it to steam

  • It was then exposed to an electrical charge

  • This caused a chemical reaction

  • The result: proteins and amino acids


Back to carbon

Back to carbon…

  • Carbon has 6 electrons

  • Carbon usually shares its electrons to complete the valence shell

  • Creates covalent bonds

  • Each carbon atom acts as an intersection point and can branch off in as many as four directions

  • This allows carbon to form complex bonds.


Some examples

Some examples

  • Methane

  • Ethane

  • Ethylene


Carbon experiment

Carbon Experiment

  • Balloon

  • 40 ml of water

  • Soft drink bottle

  • Drinking straw

  • Lemon juice or vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


Carbon experiment1

Carbon experiment

  • Stretch out the balloon

  • Pour 40 ml of water into the soft drink bottle

  • Add the teaspoon of baking soda and stir it around with the straw till it is dissolved

  • Pour the vinegar or lemon juice in and quickly put the stretched balloon over the bottle


Carbon experiment2

Carbon experiment

  • If all goes well then your balloon should inflate! Adding the lemon juice to the baking soda creates a chemical reaction. The baking soda is a base, while the lemon juice is an acid, when the two combine they create carbon dioxide (CO2). The gas rises up and escapes through the soft drink bottle, it doesn't however escape the balloon, pushing it outwards and blowing it up. If you don't have any lemons then you can substitute the lemon juice for vinegar.


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